Archive - 2018

The gift of buying good Christmas presents for someone with diabetes

Unsure of what to buy either a family member or friend with diabetes this Christmas? Remember one key thing: it all depends on the recipient.

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Nutrition is a Science: Women of Influence

This year marked both the Association for Nutrition’s (AfN) 10th anniversary and 100 years since some women first got the vote. To celebrate both of these milestones, the AfN ran talks and an exhibition at their annual general meeting which highlighted the roles that women have played in nutritional science over the years.

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Christmas traditions from around the world

What does Christmas mean to you? Maybe it’s decorating the Christmas tree or enjoying a mince pie with mulled wine. All over the world, different countries have their own traditions for how they celebrate this time of year. For some it’s a religious holiday, whereas others might travel the world.

So, whether it be a BBQ on the beach in Australia or eating fried chicken in Japan, here are some weird yet wonderful traditions from around the world to celebrate this festive period.

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Diabetes Awareness Month: Myths vs. Reality

In the spirit of Diabetes Awareness Month, we’re busting some myths about diabetes, food and health.

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The mistakes of misdiagnoses

One problem that can occur in diabetes is if you get misdiagnosed with the wrong type of diabetes. The two main types of diabetes are type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and both have similar symptoms as they share high blood sugar as the main presenting factor.

At Diabetes.co.uk, we are used to seeing people on the Diabetes Forum talking about a misdiagnosis they’ve been through or asking about the possibility that a misdiagnosis may have occurred. To mark Diabetes Awareness Month, we’re exploring the mistakes of misdiagnoses and what you could do if you feel like you have been misdiagnosed.

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Supporting a loved one: part 4 – supporting a friend

As part of Diabetes Awareness Month, we’re been running a series on how you can support your loved ones to manage their diabetes.

Previously in the series we’ve looked at how you can support a parent, child and partner. In the final part we’re going to look at how you can support a friend with diabetes.

Hearing that a friend has diabetes can be a worrying experience and it can often be difficult to know what to say. You might be wondering what you can do to help and will want to know how best you can support them.

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Developments in diabetes research and technology – from 1921 to the present day

Research into diabetes has rapidly advanced since the 20th century and new technology is being developed each year to help improve diabetes management.

As this month is Diabetes Awareness Month we wanted to shine the spotlight on some of the major breakthroughs from the 1920s until the present day and take a look at the future of diabetes research and technology.

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Supporting a loved one: part 3 – supporting a partner

For someone with diabetes who is either married or in a committed relationship, their spouse or partner is often one of the main sources of support. Having diabetes can be stressful, but working together as a team can support good diabetes control.

Following on from part two in our ‘supporting a loved one’ series last week, where we looked at how you can support a child with managing their diabetes, this week we’ll look at how you can support a partner or spouse.

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Diabetes Awareness Month: Hypo stories and experiences

Treating low blood sugar isn’t easy at the best of times, like when you’re at home with a bottle of Lucozade, but it’s far worse when you’re out and about. Trying to hold a conversation while treating a hypo is a diplomatic art, particularly in situations when you’re, for example, giving a presentation, being intimate or even talking live on radio.

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Supporting a loved one: part 2 – supporting a child

As part of Diabetes Awareness Month we’ve launched a series looking at ways you can support a loved one to manage their diabetes, beginning last week with how you can support a parent.

This week we’re going to be focusing on ways you can support a child. For a child, being diagnosed with diabetes can be confusing and scary and often they look to their parents for reassurance. As a parent, you will want to know how best you can support your child, so we’ve put together some suggestions which you might find helpful.

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